Jonathan Taylor, a former University of Wisconsin running back, has made NFL headlines over the weekend. Taylor has requested a trade from the Indianapolis Colts organization after the comments Colts’ Jim Irsay made on Twitter about the running back position.
Jonathan Taylor Trade Candidates: the Seattle Seahawks
It appears as if Jonathan Taylor does not want to play another down for the Colts. His agent got into it with Irsay on Twitter. Also, over the weekend, ESPN reported that Indianapolis is considering placing him on the non-injured football list. However, Taylor himself clapped back on Twitter.
Source to ESPN: Colts RB Jonathan Taylor reported to training camp complaining of back pain that was deemed to be from a pre-existing issue. The team is now considering placing him on the non-football injury list, which could result in his not being paid for the regular season.
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) July 31, 2023
1.) Never had a back pain.
2.) Never reported back pain.
Not sure who “sources” are, but find new ones 🤔
— Jonathan Taylor (@JayT23) July 31, 2023
With this in mind, would a trade to the Seattle Seahawks make sense for both parties?
It would indeed for a few reasons. The first reason is that Seattle’s top two running backs are already dealing with injuries. Kenneth Walker III is out week-to-week with a groin injury, and rookie second-round pick Zach Charbonnet is also missing time due to shoulder discomfort.
Currently, the top two running backs on the roster are DeeJay Dallas and Kenny McIntosh. That is not ideal for the Seattle Seahawks, who need a solid running game to keep this offense afloat for quarterback Geno Smith.
Kenneth Walker III rushed for 1,050 yards on 228 carries and nine touchdowns last season. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Walker III also caught 27 passes for 165 yards receiving and zero touchdowns. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry.
Jonathan Taylor Would Make the Seahawks Super Bowl Contenders
Jonathan Taylor wants a fresh start, and a new contract in a different city would be ideal for him. He is only 24 years old and is about to enter the prime of his career. Jim Irsay has already mentioned he won’t trade him. However, actions speak louder than words sometimes.
The Seattle Seahawks offense would become even more dangerous with Jonathan Taylor in the backfield. They would potentially become the favorites to win the NFC West with that kind of offense. He rushed for 861 yards on 192 carries and four touchdowns last season for the Indianapolis Colts. Taylor averaged 4.5 yards per carry. He also caught 28 passes for 143 yards receiving and zero touchdowns.
The potential starting offense with Jonathan Taylor in the backfield would be him, Geno Smith at quarterback, D.K. Metcalf, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, and Tyler Lockett at wide receiver, and Noah Fant at tight end. That is an offense that can compete with anyone in the NFL.
Assuming Kenneth Walker III were to return to some point as the second running back on the roster, it would be even scarier because Jonathan Taylor doesn’t have to carry the workload. The Seattle Seahawks should pounce on a Taylor trade with the injuries they have in the backfield.